France – Chamonix
Resort height: 1,302m – 3,840m
Total piste length: 140km
Having hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix has enjoyed a steady in influx of visitors over the years, and with a resort height just over 1,000m and summit at 3,842m, it’s not difficult to see why. There are various ski areas in the Chamonix valley that cater to all experience and ability levels.
Grands Montets’ notable features are exceptional snow coverage until May, as well as a snow-park for freestyle fans. The Brévent and Flégère areas, are connected via cable car and o er stunning views of the Alps. Famous for its picturesque setting and scenic backdrop, these slopes are appropriate for all skiing abilities. Domaine Skiable des Planards offers the ideal starting point for youngsters and amateur skiers alike. There are a range of facilities on hand to accommodate specifically to the needs of those less confident on the slopes, such as a variety of green runs and chair.
Where to lunch
For a more opulent dining experience, Albert 1er, a restaurant with two Michelin stars, serves modern French cuisine. Chef, Piere Maillet, is renowned for the respect he pays to top-quality produce, whilst sommelier, Alain Gousse is also on hand to educate you on the nest wine in the region.
For a casual lunch the traditional lodge restaurant, Cabane des Praz, offers a relaxed environment in which to enjoy afternoon tea whilst socialising with friends and family. Visitors can choose to enjoy their food and drink on the terrace or get cosy by the fireplace inside.
Where to stay
The 4 star Résidence Les Balcons du Savoy offers a more opulent place to lay your head after a long day skiing. is beautiful hotel, in Savoyard style, has been decorated and furnished to the highest standard. In addition the hotel has a swimming pool, TV room, nursery, sauna and Wi- Fi.
Gîte d’étape La Boërne, situated close to the Argentiere area of Chamonix, offers a budget friendly solution when searching for accommodation. is charming B&B operates out of a typical alpine chalet dating back to the 18th century. Pets are also welcome and with prices around £15 a night, or £30 half board, this friendly accommodation will ensure you save money while you ski.
Head to La Yaute after a day on the slopes for a warm and inviting atmosphere where they have live music on the weekend. Serving draft beer, margaritas and sodas, La Yaute is an unassuming venue, perfect for socialising with family and friends. Happy hour is 16:00 – 18:00 and the bar stays open until 2:00am.
For a livelier option, Discothèque L’Amnesia has a programme packed full of international DJ’s and themed nights. Resident DJ, Dawa, plays predominantly House, Electro and R’n’B into the early hours.